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    There are delays on the highways Friday morning as more snow moves through after a storm Thursday night. 

    There are delays on Interstate 91 South in Rocky Hill, between exits 24 and 23, after a spinout crash and on Interstate 84 West in West Hartford.

    Check our interactive traffic map for issues on your commute.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

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    A storm dumped up to 10-and-a-half inches of snow on Connecticut between Thursday night and Friday morning and state police said they responded 230 snow-related crashes between 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.

    There were serious injuries in two crashes and one was fatal. State police said minor injuries were reported in 10 crashes.

    In all, state police responded to 1,341 snow-related calls for service.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

    A truck crash closed part of I-84 westbound in Farmington Thursday.A truck crash closed part of I-84 westbound in Farmington Thursday.

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    A mid-November snowstorm dumped as much as 10-and-a-half inches of snow in some Connecticut towns Thursday night, causing a nightmare of an evening commute, and another burst of precipitation could bring some additional snow or rain to parts of the state. 

    As towns brace for another coating or begin cleaning up, several schools have decided to close Friday or open late.  

    On Thursday evening, drivers got stuck during the evening commute on Interstate 84, which was closed in Farmington after several trucks got stuck. 

    There have been some issues on the roads. A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Milford and a crash is causing delays on Interstate 84 West in West Hartford.

    Track the additional precipitation as it moves toward Connecticut.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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  • 11/16/18--09:13: Preliminary Snow Totals

  • Following are the preliminary snow totals and they are subject to change: 

    Hartford County:

    • East Farmington Heights: 8.3 inches 
    • Bradley Airport: 7.6 inches 
    • Marlborough: 7.5 inches 
    • Rocky Hill: 7.5 inches 
    • Avon: 7.3 inches 
    • West Hartford: 7.3 inches 
    • Southington: 7 inches 
    • Manchester: 6.5 inches 
    • Granby: 6 inches 
    • Enfield: 6 inches 
    • Glastonbury: 6 inches 
    • Windsor: 6 inches 
    • South Windsor: 5.5 inches 
    • Newington: 5 inches 
    • Wethersfield: 5 inches 
    • Weatogue: 4 inches 
    • Burlington: 3.5 inches 

    Tolland County:

    • Coventry: 8.5 inches
    • Willington: 7.5 inches
    • Staffordville: 7.4 inches
    • Columbia: 6.8 inches
    • Vernon: 6 inches
    • Stafford Springs: 6 inches
    • Andover: 4 inches

    Windham County:

    • Moosup: 8.5 inches
    • Pomfret Center: 7 inches
    • Eastford: 6 inches
    • Windham: 6 inches
    • Pomfret: 5 inches

    Middlesex County:

    • Chester: 7 inches 
    • Middlefield: 7 inches 
    • Westbrook Center: 6.5 inches 
    • Higganum: 6 inches 
    • Clinton: 5.9 inches 
    • Durham: 5 inches 
    • Old Saybrook: 3.5 inches 

    New Haven County:

    • Waterbury: 9.3 inches
    • Prospect: 8.8 inches
    • Cheshire: 7.7 inches
    • Wallingford: 7.5 inches
    • Middlebury: 7.5 inches
    • Wolcott: 7.5 inches
    • Beacon Falls: 7 inches 
    • Woodbridge: 7 inches
    • Seymour: 6.8 inches
    • Branford: 6.5 inches
    • Guilford: 6.5 inches
    • Hamden: 6.5 inches
    • Madison Center: 6.5 inches
    • Naugatuck: 6.5 inches
    • Wallingford Center: 5 inches
    • Milford: 3.1 inches

    New London County:

    • Norwich: 6 inches
    • Pawcatuck: 5.2 inches
    • New London: 5 inches
    • Griswold: 4.5 inches
    • Old Lyme: 4 inches
    • Uncasville-Oxoboxo Valley: 4 inches
    • East Lyme: 3.8 inches
    • Mystic: 3.6 inches
    • Groton: 3.5 inches
    • Waterford: 3 inches
    • Stonington: 1.5 inches

    Litchfield County:

    • Bridgewater: 10 inches
    • New Milford: 8.5 inches
    • Colebrook: 8.3 inches
    • New Hartford: 8.3 inches
    • Warren: 7.5 inches
    • Watertown: 7 inches
    • Salisbury: 5.5 inches
    • Winsted: 5 inches

    Fairfield County:

    • New Fairfield: 12.1 inches
    • Newtown: 8.2 inches
    • Monroe: 8 inches
    • Bethel: 8 inches
    • Danbury: 7.9 inches
    • Shelton: 7.1 inches
    • Weston: 7.1 inches
    • Brookfield: 7 inches
    • Ridgefield: 7 inches
    • Old Greenwich: 6.8 inches
    • Darien: 6.8 inches
    • Easton: 6.5 inches
    • New Canaan: 6.4 inches
    • Norwalk: 6 inches
    • Stratford: 4.5 inches


    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Sen. Chuck Grassley announced Friday that he plans to cede the gavel of the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, serving instead as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, NBC News reported

    “Looking ahead, at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves," Grassley, who’s set to become Senate Pro Tempore in the next Congress, said in a statement. "That means working to provide Americans with additional tax relief and tax fairness so they can spend more of their hard-earned money on what’s important to them.”

    The Iowa Republican has served as chairman of the Judiciary panel since January 2015. Senate Republican Conference rules limit service as chairman and ranking member to six years, which means Grassley is eligible to serve as the Finance Committee’s chairman for one full congressional session.

    The announcement means that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — a vocal member on the panel who has been a fierce defender of President Donald Trump and his policies — is likely to be the panel's next chair.



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    This Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s.This Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s.

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    Eleven-year-old Zalina Beland had a snow day on Friday, so she was out bright and early helping her grandmother shovel the 10 inches of snow that blanketed Bristol in Thursday’s storm.

    "It’s very cold," Zalina Beland said.

    "I hate it," Zalina’s grandmother, Tammy Beland, said. "I hate it. It’s too much."

    Mother of two Siobhan Tanner said she wasn’t prepared at all for a storm this big this early in the season.

    "It’s earlier than we’re used to, so it has been fun. My kids are so excited to see the snow, but it’s not as fun shoveling it."

    Some people said they even shoveled on Thursday night to get ahead, but they said Friday morning’s rain weighed the snow down, making clean-up challenging.

    "We shoveled like three times last night, so I’m exhausted," Tammy said.

    Bristol officials said even they had to quickly transition into winter mode.

    "We had recycling routes today," Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu explained. "We have trash pick-up today. We have bulk pick-ups, so when you have that type of activity on your curb lines already, making snow pick-up is always going to be complicated."

    In West Hartford, which also picked up several inches of snow, the director of public works said the storm hit at a tricky time when people were still in fall clean-up mode and not quite prepared for the first snow. He said he is concerned there could be some standing water in areas that typically drain well.

    "We’re probably going to have extensive melting and a lot of our catch basins will probably have snow on top of that, which is probably on top of some leaf base," West Hartford’s Director of Public Works John Phillips explained.



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Cleanup crews in Bristol shovel out a driveway.Cleanup crews in Bristol shovel out a driveway.

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    Hartford police shot a suspect who had a knife while they were responding to a disturbance call Friday morning and the person who was shot has been taken to the hospital.

    Police said two patrol officers were responding to a 911 call reporting a man with a knife holding a woman hostage in the 400 block of Garden Street at 10:58 a.m. When officers arrived, man with a knife confronted them.

    The officers pleaded with the suspect several times to drop the knife, according to police. When the suspect refused, Officer Chris White, a 15-year veteran of the force, fired his weapon, striking the suspect. The second officer on scene, Officer Michael Bodner, did not fire his weapon.

    A signal that an officer was in trouble when out through the city and all available officers responded to the scene, according to police.

    The male suspect who was shot was taken to St. Francis Hospital, according to police. At last check, he was in surgery.

    Police said neither of the two officers was hurt, but both were sent to the hospital for observation.

    The Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office and Connecticut State Police will investigate the incident.

    Check back for updates on this developing story.



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    Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Garden Street in Hartford.Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Garden Street in Hartford.

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    A woman’s body has been pulled from the West River in West Haven, near the New Haven town line.

    Emergency crews from New Haven and West Haven both responded to the area of 2 Boston Post Road around 2:30 p.m. 

    Crews pulled the unresponsive female victim from the water. She was pronounced dead on scene.

    The victim has not been identified.

    The West Haven Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the death.

    More details were not immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

     



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    A Vernon man faces child abuse charges, accused of shaking his infant daughter and causing injuries that required brain surgery.

    Connecticut State Police arrested 28-year-old Michael Gonzalez Friday.

    The investigation into Gonzalez began in February 2016, after he and the victim’s mother took their infant daughter to the hospital with head injuries.

    According to the arrest warrant, Gonzalez and the victim’s mother brought the 7-week-old girl in because she was behaving strangely and experiencing seizures. She was admitted to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Doctors determined the child had bleeding in her brain and required emergency surgery.

    Doctors told the parents the child’s injuries were consistent with “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” according to the arrest warrant.

    Police conducted multiple interviews with Gonzalez, who changed his story about how his daughter could have been injured several times, according to the warrant. At one point, he claimed she may have been hurt when she bumped her head against his collarbone. In another interview, he told investigators he dropped the baby when he slipped on ice. In another, he said he threw the baby in the air during playtime.

    During one 2018 interview detailed in the warrant, Gonzalez said the baby had been shaken, but claimed the baby's mother did it. When pressed on why he didn't report this information sooner, Gonzalez said he didn't report it because he didn't have proof.

    In an interview with the victim's mother, she claimed that she knew Gonzalez did something to the baby, but she didn't know what. She told investigators she knew this because she and Gonzalez were the only ones ever alone with the baby, the warrant said.

    The victim's mother also said Gonzalez had gotten physical with her and it led her to seek a restraining order.

    Based on the baby’s injuries, the interviews with Gonzalez and interviews with the victim’s mother, and other relatives and friends, investigators determined Gonzalez shook his daughter hard enough to cause serious injury.

    Gonzalez is charged with first-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and false statement. He was held on a $100,000 bond.



    Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

    Michael GonzalezMichael Gonzalez

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    The state Department of Transportation has released new information on a preliminary study on tolls in Connecticut.

    A map, put out as part of the study, shows where electronic tolls or gantries would be if Connecticut goes forward for a plan to bring tolls to the state.

    The proposal puts a total of 82 gantries on all major highways including Routes 15, 8, 9 and 2. The study estimates tolls would generate more than $1 billion a year in revenue for the state’s transportation needs.

    "You’re basically paying and exclusively paying based on the distance you’ve traveled," Tom Maziarz, chief of planning at CT DOT explained.

    Based on the proposal, in-state drivers would get discounts and pay as low as 3.5 cents per mile.

    "Thirty percent of toll revenue would come from trucks," Maziarz said. “On top of that about 40 percent of cars and trucks revenue would come from out of state."

    This is not the $10 million toll study Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed - it’s a preliminary evaluation paid for by the DOT. It’s been in draft for several months and was released yesterday.

    The Yankee Institute for Public Policy says:

    "The plan to offer in-state residents a ‘discount’ on toll rates is a farce. A new tax on our residents is not a 'discount,' it’s just more money out of their pocket."

    NBC Connecticut reached out to the governor’s office for comment but has not yet heard back.



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    NBC Connecticut Responds helped a Wolcott woman get her electric bill payment credited to her account after going back and forth with Eversource and the collection agency Convergent for months.

    Sandra Santorelli will tell you she pays her Eversource electric bill on time each month. But last February, she said she missed a payment and received a notice from the collection agency, Convergent.

    “I immediately paid it,” Santorelli said.

    She confirmed that she made the $84 payment through Chase Bank’s online portal and that the check was cashed.

    However, she said her electric bill account still had an outstanding balance. So, Santorelli contacted both Eversource and Convergent multiple times to find out why. But couldn’t get an answer from either agency.

    “A few months later, I got another collections notice. I showed them proof of payment and I thought it was done,” said Santorelli.

    But it wasn’t. In August, Sandra received a third collection notice stating she owed the money.

    “I contacted Eversource and I said here’s my proof of payment. Here’s the money going through my bank account why isn’t being credited?,” said Santorelli.

    Eversource claimed they never received the payment from Convergent. Santorelli said she contacted Convergent again to try and clear up the matter.

    “They couldn’t answer me. But they did have my proof of payment,” added Santorelli.

    Convergent admitted that they received the payment and Santorelli said the collection agency sent her a statement with a zero balance, eight months after she paid the bill. But the company didn’t give Santorelli a reason for the delay.

    Meanwhile, Eversource indicated that they still had no record of her payment. So Santorelli asked Convergent to contact Eversource and vice versa.

    When Santorelli didn’t hear back, she reached out to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), which oversees utility companies, to get both Eversource and Convergent to communicate with each other. But Santorelli told us, she got no response for PURA.

    “It was very frustrating,” said Santorelli.

    Finally, Santorelli turned to NBC Connecticut Responds and we touched base with Eversource, the collection agency, Convergent, and PURA.

    Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross told us, “We understand Ms. Santorelli’s frustration and apologize for how long it took to resolve this matter. Unfortunately, the payment Ms. Santorelli made to the collection agency, Convergent, was misapplied and not reflected in her account. While this appears to be an isolated incident, we are reviewing our processes internally and with our outside collection agencies to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

    Convergent also apologized “for any inconvenience this error has caused Ms. Santorelli.” And as a result, Santorelli’s account is now at a zero balance saving her an additional $84 payment.

    “You guys are fantastic and I can’t thank you enough,” said Santorelli.



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    Sandra Santorelli reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds for help with an ongoing problem with her Eversource bill.Sandra Santorelli reached out to NBC Connecticut Responds for help with an ongoing problem with her Eversource bill.

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    The head of Norwich Public Utilities has been put on paid leave indefinitely after being indicted on federal corruption charges.

    John Bilda is one of five utility executives indicted on theft and conspiracy charges in connection with $800,000 worth of trips to the Kentucky Derby and other locations. The defendants are all linked to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Corp. (CMEEC), a public company that has received more than $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    CMEEC's members include the City of Norwich, the City of Groton, the Borough of Jewett City, the town of Bozrah and parts of Norwalk.

    NPU released a statement that read in part:

    "It is critical that the public and our customers understand that this entire issue in no way reflects on the performance and commitment of our employees. Every day, the men and women of NPU serve our community with professionalism, dedication and a focus on customer service."

    Bilda’s number two, Christopher LaRose, is now acting general manager.



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    A mother searching for her son, a husband who lost his wife to a stroke two months ago, two roommates just trying to survive — all victims of California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, all living in their cars in the Chico Neighborhood Church parking lot because they want to be near the only thing they have left — their dogs.

    None of them know what’s going to happen next.

    Jean Eisenbarth escaped with Sweeney, her 8-year-old Great Pyrenees and her turtle, Kelly Winslow and Tim Joyner evacuated with their dogs Hazel, Moose, March, Delbert, and their two rats, Jay Raynor drove off with his yellow lab Gus, leaving behind homes in Paradise and the neighboring city of Magalia as a wildfire tore them apart, turning everything into ash within hours.

    These are their stories.

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    I Feel Like I’ve Been in a War

    Jean Eisenbarth. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:55 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

    How did you escape the night of the wildfires?

    “My name is Jean Eisenbarth and this is my dog Sweeney — so if anybody sees us we’re okay. We’re from Shadowbrook Apartments in Paradise behind the DMV off of Clark. From what I hear, a lot of the apartments burned, some still are standing. There was a lot of explosions going on — it was like a battlefield, but we made it down here and there’s been a lot of donations and a lot of help. People are very kind but it was very scary. I didn’t think I was gonna make it out. I was one of the last ones in my family to make it out and I feel like I’ve been through a war. Everybody else here has gone through the same thing so I feel like I’m in the right place and hoping that we can go up and see our place sometime soon to see what we can salvage, and it’s just awful.”

    Who helped you get out of Paradise?

    "It was an old man and he was just walking in the neighborhood and I opened the door and I go, 'how do you get out of here,' and he goes, “It looks like everybody’s lost.” And I said, “We are,” and he didn’t even ask me to get in the car. He said, “Go to the stop sign, make a left and you’ll hit Skyway.” But he didn’t panic or nothing. I don’t know if I would have made it out if he wouldn’t have told me how to get out of there. I don’t know who he was and he didn’t seem scared, I think he was an angel, I honestly do."

    Did you get any warning from anybody, or the city or anything like that?

    "They were coming to warn us, but not beforehand. I didn’t get any warning through phone or anything."

    "When I woke up in the morning the sky was orange and I told my friend that was staying with me, 'Pete, I think there’s a fire,' and he goes 'No, I think it was just a weird overcast.' And then we started hearing the explosions and then it got to midnight, totally dark. I had one candle and the reason I stayed so long was I was trying to catch my cats, they were scared. So I saw the police go into the other apartment complex so I ran out there and the cop car came up and I asked do we need to leave and he says, 'Oh my God yes.'"

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    We’ll starve, the Dogs Won’t


    Kelly Winslow, Tim Joyner, Tuesday, Nov. 13. 1:30 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

    Where are you guys from?

    TJ: "We’re from Magalia, and upper Magalia — right now we’re kind of in a flux because the fires are getting to that point so we’re kind of waiting for news you know day by day."

    Are you staying here are all night?

    TJ: "Yeah we have been safe here. I’m finding that people are putting aside their differences and just coming together, I think that’s what is happening. It’s incredible. Everyone’s in the same boat."

    But you don’t know if the fires reached your house or what’s going on?

    TJ: "We’re getting the same information everyone is online. I just found out by accident on Google. But we don’t really know … We’re just two roommates trying to survive."

    Who are your other roommates?

    TJ: "This is Hazel, this is Moose, March is on the floor, and Delbert, and two rats. I got them covered very well so they’re warm."

    What are they eating?

    TJ: "We have dog food, the dogs are eating well. We’ll starve, the dogs won’t. We’re realizing that this is going to be a long ordeal."

    So what’s next?

    "If you don’t own your home and are renting like we are, you’ll really have no other recourse than to go after the company. That company no longer has a home itself. So now you have to go try to find them. Actually we got a letter from our realtor and she said that it’s gonna be a while so …"

    It’s gonna be a while before the electricity goes back up there. So even when we do go up there we’re gonna have to have everything in place cause we’re gonna have to have food, gas, water. It’s like camping in your own home. We’re gonna get a little propane thing, we’re already thinking ahead."

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    Mother’s Intuition

    We came across a Paradise evacuee in the parking lot of The Neighborhood Community Church who didn’t want to go on camera or be identified. She was emotional as she told us she was searching for her son. “Nobody’s seen him since two days before the fire, he was in a homeless camp in the woods. It’s devastating to see — If it hadn’t been for our neighbor who begged my husband and I to leave, we wouldn’t have left. So bless Virginia for saving us. We didn’t take anything — our computer or our meds. But it’s just things. At least we got out alive.”

    Before we left she added:

    “Just pray that they find my son, I'm hoping that he’s not dead, when you are a mother you have that mother’s intuition, and I can’t feel him,” she said. “The miracle out of this is that we have come together as one.”

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    Everything’s gone but I got my car ... and my dog


    Jim Raynow, Tuesday, Nov. 13. 1:45 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

    JR: "What do you wanna know?"

    Just your story, how you got here, how things are going.

    JR: "Long story."

    Are you from Paradise?

    JR: "No I’m from Magalia. I lost my wife two months ago to a stroke and two months later I lose my house so I’m here."

    When did you get here?

    JR: "Thursday."

    And you know for sure that your house is gone?

    JR: "Well yeah my neighbor, it was kind of weird, he found me here about an hour ago and how he found me was that he was watching the news and saw me behind a reporter. I haven’t seen him since last Thursday but he tracked me down. He had a friend of his take a picture of his house from the street and it’s burned to the ground. I’m right next to it and at the edge you can see that my house is gone. Everything’s gone but I got my car."

    Is that your dog? What’s his name?

    JR: "Gus! It’s our dog, my wife’s baby. He’s 14 years old and he lost his mommy so we’re living in our car — it sucks. He’s got the backseat and I got the front. It’s funny I know everybody says that, it is what it is."

    Do they have shelters inside?

    JR: "They’re full. I got here Thursday and they were full. But I can’t have a dog. They do a good job, I got brand new clothes from these people it was amazing. Showers."

    How long have you lived in Magalia?

    JR: "Twenty-five years, I like it. I’m like in limbo. It’s like gravity and space, I’m in between."

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    We Lost Everything


    Gary Brand, Nov. 13, 3.32 p.m. The Neighborhood Church parking lot

    Where did you live in Paradise?

    "34 Wayland Road, Space #12. Lived there for 47 years."

    Can you tell us how you escaped?

    “We just got out of there the best way we could. We lost everything. I’m coping the best I can but my wife ain’t. She lost her Chihuahua. He got so scared he went under the couch and would not come out and the officers told us we had to leave, now, so we left.”

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    Burned out of Paradise

    Chris Hughes, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3:59 p.m., Burrito Bandito, Chico

    What Happened?

    "Burned out of Paradise, born and raised there — Feather River Hospital — went to high school there, and drove around those streets, and it’s all gone. I really don’t know what to think about it. Just taking it a day at a time. Three dogs crammed into a car, trying to make life work."

    How are they doing?

    "They’re coping, but they’re all a little stressed out. It’s a crazy situation right now. Everybody’s a little dazed. But yeah, trying to stay focused."

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    Waiting For FEMA

    Terry Black, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Chico

    How long have you been here?

    “We’ve been here about four days, I can’t remember anymore. It was like a movie at first, like you see people panicking on TV all over town, that’s how it was. The sky was red, and then I heard a boom!"

    How long do you think you’ll be here for?

    "We don’t know yet, we are waiting for FEMA."

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    Jemel Roberson graduated from Lane Tech High School on Chicago's North Side in 2010.

    This evening hundreds gathered on campus to remember their classmate. Meanwhile, activists are calling for swift action against the officer who shot and killed him.

    Community activist Jedidiah Brown says witnesses to the shooting and the moments leading up to it need to speak out.

    “Today, I’m breaking the silence and I’m appealing to them to come on and come forward and the community will stand with them because we cannot let Jemel stand by himself," Brown said.

    Brown says he’s received videos that clarify what happened but witnesses who shot them he says are fearful.

    “Because those who have it are afraid of retaliation and the view that’s come forward is that they’ve been intimidated by law enforcement," he said.

    Roberson, 26, was working as a security guard at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins early Sunday. While trying to subdue a suspect he was shot by a white Midlothian police officer responding to the scene.

    “Jemel saved lives that night only to lose his life," Pastor Leaundre Hill said. "So, we want answers. We want results. And we want them now."

    Illinois State Police say witnesses told them Roberson was ordered by the officer to put down his gun several times before he was shot. Midlothian’s police chief called it a “blue on blue shooting” and a tragic case of friendly fire.

    Others have disputed that.

    This morning dozens of clergy, community activists and family members gathered in Midlothian demanding the firing of the unnamed officer.

    “And they need to charge him with murder," said Rev. Michael Pfleger. "That’s what it was. It was murder."

    Again, this evening former classmates and supporters of Roberson held a vigil here at lane tech and released balloons. Meanwhile, the police officer, a 4-year-veteran, remains on administrative leave.


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    Efforts are underway in Connecticut to create a “green” burial ground.

    Green burials are designed to have less of an impact on the environment. These burials often use biodegradable caskets. They do not use chemicals for embalming, hardwood caskets, varnishes, vaults or liners.

    "This is the most comforting idea I've ever had of death," said Elizabeth Foley, founder of Connecticut Green Burial Grounds, an organization trying to establish cemeteries specifically for green burials, which are legal in Connecticut and all 50 states.

    "This is not a new concept. Prior to 150 years ago, this is how things were done for millennia," Foley explained. "A shroud is another option, which would just be a linen or plain cloth material and a return to earth just cradled in that."

    Two existing Connecticut cemeteries in Danbury and Deep River are already using a portion of their properties for green burials. But the Connecticut Green Burial Grounds group is pushing to create the region's first all-green cemetery. Foley said that a body in a grave can become compost from which new life can grow.

    "Come back with your family and friends and say 'look, this a landscape that Grandma contributed to,'" Foley said.

    A 2018 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association showed 48 percent of respondents were interested in exploring 'green' funeral options, mostly for environmental or cost-saving reasons.

    "The funeral industry itself has changed dramatically," said P. Samuel Fulginiti, who owns Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook. The funeral home has offered green funeral and burial options since 2009.

    "There are people that just don't want that pomp and circumstance. You know, 'put me in a pine box, bring me to the cemetery and bury me in a grave'," said Fulginiti. He does not believe there is enough interest in Connecticut, at this point, to necessitate a standalone green burial ground.

    "I know the idea's catching on," said Foley. She said her group is in talks with land trusts and private landowners to acquire the space they are looking for. Neither Foley nor her organization would reveal where that land is located. Foley said she did not want to derail discussions that could yield results in early 2019.

    "People are afraid of what is new or different," said Foley. "I know that the people of Connecticut are ready for this."



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    New Haven Police are investigating a crash involving an ambulance on Saturday morning.

    The crash happened near Foxon Boulevard and Middletown Avenue.

    Few details have been released. It's unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.



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    A woman has died after a crash in Hartford late Friday night.

    Officers were called to a crash at the intersection of Main Street and Mather Street around 11:45 p.m.

    When officers arrived, they said they found a Honda Accord and an Audi Q7 SUV with significant damage.

    Police said the operator of the Honda, a 36-year-old woman, and the operator of the Audi, a 30-year-old man, were transported by ambulance to area hospitals to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. The passenger in the Honda, a 47-year-old woman, was transported by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital, where she later died.

    Officers have not released the woman's identity.

    According to police, both drivers stayed at the scene after the crash and are cooperating with the investigation. The crash was captured in its entirety by Capital City Command Center (C4) cameras.

    The investigation is ongoing.



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    Plainfield Police are investigating after a bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run on Friday night.

    First responders were called to the McDonalds on Lathrop Road after getting a report of an injured person who was hit by a vehicle.

    According to police, 19-year-old James Trask, of Plainfield, told officers that he was riding his bike from McDonald's to the Shell Gas Station on Lathrop Road.

    He said he stopped at the Interstate 395 northbound on ramp and checked for oncoming traffic. When he saw no vehicles, he attempted to cross and was hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene.

    Trask reported a dark color, possibly black, Toyota Highlander continued driving northbound onto Interstate 395.

    Police said Trask was able to provide a partial registration plate of the vehicle and officers believe there is damage to the driver's side front quarter panel and door.

    Trask was transported to Backus Emergency Care Center in Plainfield to be treated for potential injuries and was later released.

    The crash remains under investigation. If you have information about the crash, you're encouraged to contact police at (860) 564-0804.


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    More than 2,200 athletes are competing this weekend in the Special Olympics Connecticut Unified Sports Holiday Classic.

    The annual event, which NBC Connecticut is proud to sponsor, kicked off on Saturday morning in East Haven at AMF Circle Lanes, where athletes competed in bowling, one of the four events.

    “They always give their best,” volunteer Tom Summers said. “Whether they’re having a bad day or not, they always give us their very best.”

    Summers has been working with Special Olympics for almost 20 years.

    “This has brought to me just so much joy and being around these athletes, old, young, it really doesn’t matter. They just seeing the fun and watching them grow and develop, it’s worked out really great.”

    The athletes, along with their unified partners, who are teammates with and without intellectual disabilities, are also participating in basketball, volleyball and powerlifting.

    “We have over 700 volunteers who escort our volunteers and handout the medals and have an amazing, rewarding experience, so a lot goes into it and a lot of people with big hearts coming together to make it happen,” Director of Communications and Marketing Debbie Horne said.

    Horne said for their athletes Special Olympics is a home away from home.

    “The beautiful thing about Special Olympics it really does become something they can do for decades. It becomes part of their life. Their friends become their family.”

    For this weekend’s schedule of events, click here.



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    Connecticut State Police have identified and arrested the man who was shot by Hartford Police following a family violence incident on Friday.

    Troopers said 39-year-old Dennis Lamar Lawrence, of Hartford, was arrested at Saint Francis Hospital around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

    According to police, Lawrence was the offender in a family violence incident that resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

    Police said two patrol officers responded to a 911 call that reported a man with a knife was holding a woman hostage in the 400 block of Garden Street shortly before 11 a.m.

    When officers arrived, a man with a knife, later identified as Lawrence, confronted them.

    The officers pleaded with him several times to drop the knife, according to police. When he refused, Officer Chris White, a 15-year veteran of the force, fired his weapon and hit Lawrence. The second officer on scene, Officer Michael Bodner, did not fire his weapon.

    Lawrence was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he required surgery, police said. Neither of the two officers were hurt, but both were sent to the hospital for observation.

    Lawrence is facing charges including unlawful restraint, assault, threatening, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, criminal attempt at assault on an elderly person and carrying a dangerous weapon.

    He was held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on Monday.


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